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Last Updated: 23/08/13 12:59pm
Amazing Maria: Proven at the track
Trainer Michael Bell believes Valen should improve for the step up to seven furlongs when she graduates to Group class in the Whiteley Clinic Prestige Stakes at Goodwood on Saturday.
The daughter of Acclamation opened her account in good fashion at Ffos Las with a three-length success only last week and gets a quick opportunity in better company.
"She looks a progressive filly. She won her maiden very comfortably and she deserves to take her chance in a race like this," said Bell. "The extra furlong should improve her, hopefully."
Jockey Willie Twiston-Davies was in the saddle at Ffos Las and is delighted to keep the ride.
"I won a maiden on her at Ffos Las and she did it very well," he told At The Races.
"I couldn't hide how much she impressed me. She does everything so well at home and she looks an absolute picture. I saw her on Saturday morning and I just cant wait to ride her.
"It looks a very open race, so hopefully she can go there and run well. The Charlie Hills filly (Qawaasem) and the Hannon filly (Midnite Angel) look the two to beat. "
Qawaasem put up a good performance in Listed company on her latest outing when neck runner-up to Majeyda in the Star Stakes at Sandown and connections expect her to give a decent display.
Angus Gold, racing manager for her owner Hamdan Al Maktoum, said: "It was a good run by Qawaasem at Sandown last time. I thought she was going to win and was either beaten by a better filly or just weakened a little bit in the final 80 yards.
"She did everything right and it might turn out that the winner is a good filly but we will see next time.
"The Prestige Stakes looks like a natural progression and Charles Hills is very happy with her. She is a progressive filly by a very good stallion and I'm sure she will run a very decent race."
Ed Dunlop believes Amazing Maria's proven record over the track will stand her in good stead as she tackles Pattern company for the first time.
The Mastercraftsman filly, owned by Sir Robert Ogden, got off the mark at the third attempt with a six-length romp in a seven-furlong maiden at the Glorious meeting.
"We are taking on proven Group fillies, like (Richard) Hannon's filly (Midnite Angel), so it's a different test, but she won well at the course last time and we've always liked her a lot," said Dunlop.
Hannon feels Midnite Angel has every chance, especially after her fine effort at Newmarket last time when she was second to Ihitmal in the Sweet Solera Stakes.
"She is a very good filly and ran really well at HQ last time. On that form she must have a decent chance on Saturday," the Herridge trainer told www.richardhannonracing.co.uk.